Daily Prompt: Hidden

Driving through the chowder that was the evening fog,

Cautious of the carriers of stupidity.

Infecting the road with their bulging blank stares,

Dangerous and destructive creatures of the forest.

Starting the day without clarity, without the blue.

Searching for something at the end of the road.

The warmth, the light, the familiar was hidden,

Only returning when we were far above and away.

One-Month Follow-Up

 

Well, it’s been a month since I posted some thoughts on here.

Here are a few things I have figured out since May:

  1. I did decide to relaunch my Juice Plus business. It just doesn’t make sense to drop it when I know how great it is for my health and well-being. It is one of the only consistent things in my life that is actually helping me be a better version of me.
  2. I quit biting my nails!!! It’s been about a week and a half… a rough week and a half!! Really rough, but I’m getting through it.
  3. I have finally started to figure out where all my time goes. Now I’m starting to reconfigure my routine to fit in the things that are most important to me.

My next steps:

  1. Host some kind of Juice Plus event online and at my house. I’m thinking info session online and salad party at home.
  2. Cut down on my Pepsi intake some more. This is a big one…please pray for me. 😉
  3. Write more than once a month!!!
  4. Begin implementing simple changes to reach my health and weight goals.
  5. Work through all of our financial crap…more on that later.

There’s a lot to do but I am determined to get through it.

Under His Control

I am still here. I haven’t written anything in awhile, right? I’ve thought about it every single day! I have SO much stuff going on right now, and I can’t wrap my head around what I want to write…once I get a chance to sit down and write something. It’s very frustrating!!!

Nonetheless, I still want to let you know that something is coming. I don’t yet know what it is, but I’m sure praying over it!!! 🙂

Daily Prompt: Lovingly

So here I am again…trying one more time to get my thoughts into words. I still don’t know what exactly I want to do with this blog but I have to get started (again) or just delete it and move on to something else.

Today’s Daily Prompt is Lovingly.  I can work with this. I do try to approach everything in a lovingly way. For example, Facebook must be approached with love and grace. If not, I would probably reprimand many of my friends and family for what they post. Then, of course, I remember that we all live different lives and come at things with different perspectives. Plus, I don’t have the time to defend my perspective and opinion all day. I have a life to live too.

The babies I take care of at work are another great example. Each one needs love and nurturing from me every time they’re in my care. This one is pretty easy because they are awesome kids and I love watching them grow and learn! The opportunity to be a part of that just fills my heart with so much joy – unlike some of the political posts I have to scroll through.

One thing I need to work on is how I react to my own flaws and short-comings. I need to treat myself in a lovingly way. I have some bad habits I need to work on and some baggage to drop (dropping a few pounds wouldn’t hurt either). 😉

I’m working on it and fortunately, I am surrounded by family and friends to help me along the way!

Okay, I did it! I wrote something! Yay me!

I’ll try this again tomorrow but no promises…lol.

 

Day 9 – Finally Getting Back to This

Wow – did I get way behind or what? My apologies for that. Life has not necessarily been normal around here and with my oldest son’s wedding coming up, things have been rearranged a bit. We have family coming into town and at one of my sister-in-laws is staying with us. I hope she doesn’t mind sharing our one bathroom with all of us. Anyhow, let’s get back to work on my 31-Day Blogging Challenge. I will try to keep this going on a more regular schedule…I promise!

Day 9 – Piercings and Tattoos?

Yes! The piercings are the basic holes in the ear lobes: two on the left ear and one on the right. I actually have three on the left but the third one is at the top of my ear and isn’t used at all. I use to wear an earring up there but there was an issue with another piercing that messed that up. I went to a friend’s jewelry shop to get another piercing and he accidentally pierced through the back of the first hole. Over the years it closed up and now when I try to put something in it, it hurts like crazy and my ear turns really red.

I have a handful of tattoos. On my left foot, I have a lizard and on my right foot I have a happy person symbol from the humanitarianism religion. The lizard was my first tattoo and it barely looks like a lizard. The most popular guess is that it is a dead cow. Really? Why would someone get a dad cow tattoo? The happy person is just about who I’ve been as a person for most of my life. My mom wrote in my baby book that I was always a happy baby, even when I was sick. It’s still true…I’m usually the optimistic one in the group.

On my left calf I have a tat of a hungry child. It was one of the graphics used in the 2007 30 Hour Famine and I thought it was just awesome so I got it where I could see it all the time. It’s a reminder of all that I have and to always remember to pray for all the kiddos out there that aren’t getting enough to eat.

On my back, I have a Coexist tattoo. A lot of people don’t like the coexistence movement, but I do. The “C” is the crescent moon of Islam, the “X” is the Star of David from Judaism, and the “T” is the cross of Christianity. I understand that many people feel like coexistence will never happen, but I’m still holding out hope that we can make it happen. We are all God’s children after all.

Finally, my last tattoo is on my ring finger and it is my husband’s name. He has my name on his. We got these on our 11th wedding anniversary…almost 8 years ago. In my opinion, it is way better than worrying about a wedding ring. 🙂

Well, that’s it for today. Like I said above, I will try to keep this going even with the wedding and incoming family and all. Wish me luck…lol.

Lost in the Possibilities

The Discover Challenge this week is all about Mixing Media. On most days. I just write a post and hit publish. Every once in a while I will add a picture, but it’s not a regular thing. Today, I’m adding more than just a picture. For the first time in a long time, I opened up Photoshop and played around a bit.

me1I put this together to show what my brain is going through today – me and my thought bubbles. I have so much on my mind right now. I’ve been in this place before – feeling like I have so much going on and not really giving any one thing my best. I can’t stand this feeling. I sit and wonder if I should drop one or more things to concentrate on the others or just try to schedule time to really work on each of these things separately. I would love it if God would just stick a neon sign in front of me to show me what to do!!!

It’s so tiring and sometimes I want to just give up on all of it.

Day 7 – 10 Favorite Foods

The following foods have been my favorites for a long time. I don’t always to get to eat them. Some I choose not to eat because they’re not good for me. Nonetheless, they are my favorites (in no particular order).

  1. Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets
  2. Pizza – pepperoni and extra cheese please
  3. Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls
  4. Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches – grape jelly ONLY
  5. Hawaiian rolls
  6. Shrimp – fried
  7. Caramel
  8. Hot ham and cheese sandwiches
  9. French fries
  10. Baked beans – especially the ones my Auntie makes!!!

Feel free to share your favorite foods in the comments below! 🙂